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Published on February 4th, 2007 | by Chris

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WarGames (1983)

Review of: WarGames (1983)

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On February 4, 2007
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Quite possibly the first "hacker" movie of our times, WarGames shows us what can happen when we put our trust in these new-fangled computing machinery thingies, and then give them the power to destroy the planet

WarGames (1983)Quite possibly the first "hacker" movie of our times, WarGames shows us what can happen when we put our trust in these new-fangled computing machinery thingies, and then give them the power to destroy the planet.

OK, so maybe thats overstating things a bit.  WarGames is still a fun romp through the world of computer-hackery and cold war missile command tension.

The general premise is this:  SAC has turned over launch control of our nations thousands of nuclear ICBMs to a mainframe computer named WOPR (War Operations Plan Response if memory serves) and out of the thinking hands of the launch crews.  WOPR can instantly calculate the outcome of just about any scenario given to it.

Of course its stumbled upon quite accidentally by the young David Lightman, who was war dialing to find some software company's new games.  He and his "little friend" Jennifer (Ally Sheedy) figure out the backdoor password, and begin their relationship with the system known as "Joshua."

They start playing what they think is an innocent game of Global Thermonuclear War, when in actuality they are putting the WOPR into an operational state, sending NORAD into a panic.

Hilarity ensues.  This leads to that etc. and so forth, and "Joshua" keeps playing the game without them, and locking out all control of the missiles.  They track down the author of the system, one Dr. Stephen Falken, and they all wind up back at NORAD to help Joshua figure out that its all quite pointless.

OK, sure as a war movie its a bit of a stretch, I'll admit.  There's lots of ICBM talk, lovely strategic computer displays and lots of angry older guys in blue suits with stars on their epaulets.  But its still fun.  And from the "hacker" standpoint it still holds a lot of truths about computer security and stuff like social engineering and whatnot....  Good for a big bowl of popcorn any time in my book.

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Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) and Ally Sheedy (The Breakfast Club) star in this compelling drama filled with action, suspense and high-tech adventures! Featuring superb performances by Dabney Coleman and Barry Corbin, WarGames is "brilliant...

DVD Information

Binding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Brand: BRODERICK,MATTHEW
Manufacturer: 20th Century Fox
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Actors:
  • Matthew Broderick
  • Ally Sheedy
  • John Wood
  • Dabney Coleman
  • Barry Corbin

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie for such an oldie & very much a classic!, October 24, 2017
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Excellent movie for such an oldie & very much a classic! One of the few films I liked Matthew Broderick in - he was well-casted for this role! Story line was a bit "corn-ballish" - especially the ending scenario, but still a fun film to have in one's DVD library, nonetheless! Well worth the price to see it again!!

5.0 out of 5 stars Very important 80s flick, January 14, 2018
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Following the release of this film, household modem sales skyrocketed. The likable hacker played by Broderick also helped define the role in America-- the Free Kevin movement and all that. The cold war was a strange, stressful time and put a schism between the old generation and the new-- nostalgic movie.

The story is of course nit believable, the characters are mostly caricatures and that's okay. Lots of hidden references, easter eggs.

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5.0 out of 5 stars What a great movie from ages ago, May 8, 2017
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Great thrilling movie with a very young Matthew Broderick. There will be much better synopses of the plot that I could write, so I'll save time and just say if you saw it when you were a kid you'll love seeing it again. And today's kids will enjoy it, too. It hardly felt 'dated' to me at all.

One of my all time favorite movies.

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I've been watching war movies for probably 25 years now. Since December 2006 I've been sharing my habit and passion for these movies here on this site.



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